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Using Listenwise to Address Common Core Shifts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for several Key Shifts in Language Arts that have implications across the curriculum. Listenwise can help teachers of many subjects address these shifts. Shift 1: Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language Listenwise audio stories are engaging complex texts full of academic language. They are authentic…

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How Do We Create Better Readers? Teach Listening.

A recent New York Times article, How to Get Your Mind to Read suggests that Americans are not good readers.   “Many of these poor readers can sound out words from print, so in that sense, they can read. Yet they are functionally illiterate — they comprehend very little of what they can sound out….

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How to Use Listenwise to Develop Content Knowledge and 21st Century Skills

Listenwise is a flexible resource and can be used to meet many different goals for your students. Podcast lessons enhance student engagement, content knowledge, and build on skills such as media literacy and empathy. We describe ways to approach this with a few activities in this blog. Our previous blog highlighted how to enhance language…

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8 Key Listening Comprehension Skills

Listening is key to all effective communication. To improve students’ listening skills, we need to be able to gather data on their performance, target specific areas of need, and then provide personalized instruction and targeted practice. At Listenwise, we support teachers by providing instructional support in literacy and other 21st century skills – particularly listening….

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Teaching Levels of Listening

Today’s post is written by Michael F. Opitz, professor emeritus of reading education from the University of Northern Colorado who has investigated numerous literacy topics, including listening over two decades. His substantive research on teaching listening resulted in his book, Listen Hear! 25 Effective Listening Comprehension Strategies (Heinemann, 2004). He is the author of and…

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How are Listening and Reading Related?

Since this blog post was written we’ve written an updated blog in 2019 on the research between listening and reading entitled: “Understanding the Listening–Reading Connection.“ As humans, we have so many important ways we convey and understand information as we communicate.  We are born with ears, and are never actually taught how to listen—it’s understood…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Listening

Today’s post is written by Michael F. Opitz, professor emeritus of reading education from the University of Northern Colorado who has investigated numerous literacy topics over two decades, including how to teach listening. His substantive research on teaching listening resulted in his book, Listen Hear! 25 Effective Listening Comprehension Strategies (Heinemann, 2004). He is the author…

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Meeting the Speaking and Listening Standards

The introduction of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has caused many literacy educators to increase their emphasis on informational texts and explore close reading techniques. To date, much of the discussion and focus of the new ELA standards has been on reading and writing, but now we are starting to see educators turn their attention…

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Read Along While You Listen

In a recent piece in The Atlantic, educator Michael Godsey writes about the impact of students reading transcripts while listening to podcasts.  Education Week has also explored the potential of captioned listening in supporting comprehension. Not only does research support the literacy impact of this practice, but it is vastly preferred by students! Godsey writes: “I already knew…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

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